Blue Angels hold off Portsmouth

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

CENTENARY, Ohio — The Blue Angels’ perfect start continues.

The Gallia Academy volleyball team, which has won all 18 games this season, improved to 6-0 Wednesday night by topping Ohio Valley Conference guest Portsmouth, in Gallia County.

The Blue Angels (6-0, 5-0 OVC) claimed narrow 26-24 victories in both of the first two games, coming from behind to win both. Gallia Academy didn’t need to battle back in the third game, however, as the Blue and White scored the first 13 points en route to a 25-14 victory.

“Portsmouth played well and identified a height difference in one position,” second-year GAHS head coach Janice Rosier said. “We had to work hard and I’m really proud of these girls. I’ve been waiting to see how they would cope with a team hitting back at them and they handled the adversity well. It was truly a team win.”

GAHS freshman Ashton Webb led the Blue Angels with 22 service points, including nine aces. Carly Shriver marked six points, Allison McGhee added five, Brooke Pasquale and Grace Martin each finished with four, while Jenna Meadows added one point in the win.

The GAHS net attack was led by Webb and Hanna Johnson with 10 kills each, followed by Meadows and Martin with eight apiece. Jordan Walker posted five kills, Ryleigh Caldwell added two, while Shriver and McGhee each chipped in with one kill. Johnson’s seven blocks led the net defense for the Blue and White, while Walker and Webb each added five. Martin finished with three blocks, while Caldwell posted two in the win. Pasquale marked a team-high 18 digs for the victors, while Shriver led the way with 24 assists.

Gallia Academy will look to sweep the Lady Trojans on Oct. 12 in Portsmouth. The Blue Angels — who visited Warren in the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League opener on Thursday — return to the court Monday when Ironton visits Centenary.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley

[email protected]